By this point it’s no huge secret that I like to write stories featuring Middle Eastern characters fusing into mainstream western romance tropes, particularly when it comes to breaking taboos. In my novella Gigolo Seduction, and the latest in Decadent Publishing’s The Edge series, Traveler Through Darkness, that fusion is front and center in multicultural erotic collisions.
Central in my writing is the emotional and psychological experience of characters, particularly those stifling forbidden cravings. We all desire to be turned out, to have our monsters awakened with the right whispers, touches, enticements. But lust is lust, right? Maybe deep down it’s all the same unrelenting drive for release. Or maybe those for whom public touching is demonized find wanton sex unimaginable, unspeakable liberation.
For me, blending a socially restrictive Middle Eastern viewpoint with that of open modern western sexuality makes for a particularly intense joining, making lust not inevitable, but enlightening. The question then becomes—can sating lust be cathartic?
It is for my characters in Traveler Through Darkness. Tarik is an Arab Muslim, though he’s been in the western world long enough to have established a bountiful life in the United States. Wo, a young Navajo man, is proudly out but on the fringe, himself. What possible catharsis could be evoked by their chance meeting, the night of Tarik’s bachelor party?
On Traveler Through Darkness…
A lifetime of want collides with fate the night of Tarik’s bachelor party, fulfilling his deepest secret desire—only it’s not with the strippers his Arab friends hired to cater to his every whim. Uncomfortable with the debauched festivities, Tarik ducks out of the soirée, stumbling into Wo, a kind Navajo artist, who forces him to say what he really wants, then gives it to him, all night.